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Heather Hankin Chavez
Nov 17, 2017 Latest post:
Sep 8, 2018
Welcome and thanks for joining me on this journey. Whether you are family, a friend or a stranger, whether you are here to follow my story or to find hope and encouragement amidst your own struggles (because we all have them), welcome and I hope God speaks to you through my story.
I found a lump in my breast September this year. It was time for my annual mammogram, so I scheduled it. It took 3 weeks to get in, but I wasn't real worried as I have always been low risk for breast cancer. I scheduled a mammogram which was done October 4, 2017 and they did an immediate ultrasound after. By the end of the ultrasound I had a biopsy scheduled. A week and a half later I knew it was cancer and we planned a lumpectomy with breast reduction (to improve screening abilities later).
A MRI found another spot which is a lymph node (in the breast & close to the original tumor). Another biopsy proved this to be cancer. This changed the plan to chemo first to try to keep ahead of it and clear out any random cells trying to ruin my recovery.
This is a hard shift for me mentally. After getting rid of chemicals in my household and diet, I will now be willingly putting poison in my body. It's easy to say "I wouldn't do that" or "You should do xyz." (I've heard it all; well maybe not all, but enough.) Through this process I have remained true to who I am. I've done my research, listened to countless webinars, physicians, and statistics, but ultimately my it's responsibility to make to make decisions that are proven to give the best possible outcomes for me and my family.
I'd love to hear from you often. Thanks for being a part of this journey & I invite you to join me in praying my way back to health.
Blessings, Heather "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28 (NIV)